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bobbie solo
10-22-2019, 04:01 PM
this movie will be divisive. Your enjoyment level will be based on what you were hoping to get out of the movie. If you're all in for just the mindfuck of it all, you're gonna love it. If you were hoping for an actual story & perhaps some character arcs, you will leave disappointed like I did. I'm glad I went to see it, but it was not what I was looking for. Def. a step down after Eggers' last movie The VVitch.

Pattinson & Dafoe are ALL IN though. Their performances are impressive. The movie looks really cool too, shot in B&W and also in a somewhat extreme 4:3 ratio, almost looking square. Adds to the claustrophobia being conveyed at times, as well as the period setting (a lighthouse off the coast of New England somewhere in 1890). Their accents & vocab are extremely of the period (like The VVitch) so subtitles would have helped me out. The movie is hard enough to follow (purposefully), it took me out of things that much more when I couldnt make out what they were saying.

So yeah...things just get weirder and weirder throughout and you can never be sure whats real and what isn't. That's fine, but when you add the repetition of certain interactions & scenes & the fact that imo the movie doesn't go anywhere (or at least not anywhere "larger" like I was assuming would happen eventually), it got really annoying for me. With all the repetition, they should have cut 20 or so minutes off this thing & I prolly would have enjoyed it alot more. It honestly felt padded...like let's just add more weird shit here and odd, quickly cut images there just for the hell of it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyag7lR8CPA

Mr. Blaileen
10-22-2019, 04:15 PM
There aren't any showings near me until Thursday, but I'm pretty pumped for this.

Balthier
10-22-2019, 05:48 PM
I enjoy a weird flick from time to time. Will be checking this one out for sure. Thanks for the review :)

Mr. Blaileen
10-25-2019, 11:28 AM
Spoiler-y review:

This might be one of the weirdest films I've ever watched. It's hard to write a review for it because it was so out-there. This is more a series of bizarre moments and happenings rather than a linear, cohesive story. It's a slow burn of gaslighting, isolation, and miserable living conditions that were exacerbated by alcohol and a lack of food. Wake's obsession with the light (almost religious in a way), along his habit of being extremely secretive egged on Winslow's descent into madness. Because of the conditions, it wasn't always easy to tell what was real and what was in the minds of the characters. During the first half or so I kept waiting for some monster or cthulu type thing to appear, but it was clear after awhile that it wasn't going to turn into a traditional horror flick (there were almost more comedic moments than scary ones). By the end, though, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for what I knew would be an intense (and weird AF) climax. I walked away satisfied.

Loved the black and white and old aspect ratio- I don't think it would have worked as well if there was color.

Pattinson and Dafoe crushed it. They were intense, weird, crazy, manipulative, funny at times, and most importantly..believable. I totally bought into Dafoe's Wake being a batshit crazy wickie that had been there for years and years.

At the end of the day, I didn't like it as much as I did the VVitch, but it was still very good, IMO. I find myself unable to stop thinking about it this morning. I wanna watch it again, but with subtitles.

mfte
11-04-2019, 10:22 AM
Two thumbs up. The lack of colour, odd aspect ratio and the dialogue make this movie feel like it came from some other dimension. Either actor deserves some sort of award for their performance. Sound design is top notch.

What is that stuff he dumped in to the cistern to make the water not taste terrible?

InsectGod
11-09-2019, 07:42 PM
I very much enjoyed this movie and would recommend it for sure. Like people said their performances were excellent and the direction was top notch. Beautiful shots, and I really liked the surreal parts. Would like to watch it again once it's released digitally

imail724
01-24-2020, 10:06 AM
Finally watched this last night and loved every minute of it. Really glad I saw it at home so I could watch with subtitles though.

Jon
01-24-2020, 10:11 AM
What is that stuff he dumped in to the cistern to make the water not taste terrible?

It was chalk.

ETA: I've seen mention of cabin fever, gaslighting, etc., but not much mention of the fact that they were ingesting and inhaling toxic chemicals.